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Saturday, December 20, 2014
We must preserve integrity on our school board
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Abel Feldhamer

Throughout this process, we have heard from a vocal group of people who feel that the school board should not have “favored” the highest bidder over a lower bid from a community organization that would be better suited for the community. But although I admired the efforts of the group that helped rally people to oppose the Number Six School referendum, and as a community resident, I stood shoulder to shoulder with them in opposition to the sale, I strongly disagree with their contentions regarding the school board’s selection of the high bidder, and I cannot accept the notion that the board should favor a lower bidder when state law clearly dictates otherwise.

We all read or hear too often about elected officials who put their personal interests ahead of their duties, and our community is fortunate to have school board trustees who value the importance of carrying out their fiduciary duties in a manner beyond reproach — even when faced with intense public pressure. In the upcoming election, it is critical that we elect candidates who share this same resolve, so that difficult decisions like the sale of school district property can be made with the best possible judgment.

I am proud to support three school board candidates who have the requisite experience, integrity and determination to best represent the District 15 community.

Tova Plaut serves as the administrator of a large preschool program. As a community activist, she has attended school board meetings for many years, and is involved in a myriad of community organizations. It also goes without saying that a woman’s perspective is long overdue on what has historically been a male dominated board.

Michael Hatten is the CEO of a large vocational school. He has already served one term on the school board, and has shown himself to be a unifying voice and a great asset to the board.

Dr. David Sussman is an 18-year veteran of the school board and has well earned his reputation for fiscal prudence and elevating educational standards.

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